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NCSL STAFF MEETING WITH THE EPLO

On June 6, 2014, the International Programs Department hosted representatives from the European Parliament’s Liaison Office (EPLO) with the U.S. Congress, initiating a constructive dialogue regarding how state legislatures and the European Parliament can collaborate to share legislative experience and to exchange ideas and potential solutions for mutual challenges.

 

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HAITI DELEGATION VISITS QUEBEC

From March 12-17, 2014, the International Programs Department in support of Development Alternative Inc. (DAI), USAID's Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Haiti coordinated a study tour for 10 senior and middle management personnel from Haiti’s upper Parliamentary chamber to the Québec National Assembly. The program focused on effective parliamentary procedures.

 

NCSL - MOZAMBIQUE WORKSHOP

From June 2 - 6, 2014, the International Program department led a technical assistance workshop with staff members from the National Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. The program, funded by the U.S. State Department, focused on new member orientation programs and consensus building in the Legislature. Wendy Madsen, Legislative Information Officer from the Wyoming Legislative Service Office, Raúl E. Burciaga, Director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and Rep. Peter Barca, Wisconsin served as faculty. 

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TASK FORCE

The International Relations Task Force finds ways for state legislatures to better coordinate international activities and approaches to policy, and seeks resources from the U.S. government, foreign governments or foundations to help support extended international cooperation between legislators, legislative staff and their counterparts in national/sub-national governments.

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OVERVIEW | INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

The International Programs department of NCSL acts as a liaison between U.S. state legislatures and their counterparts internationally, including international and regional organizations, foreign embassies, parliaments and legislatures (both national and regional), as well as domestic organizations with international interests. NCSL’s International Programs department conducts research, holds public policy conferences and forums, develops technical assistance projects and exchange programs as well as fellowships. The department also assists state legislators and staff in identifying major international issues with local or regional implications.

NCSL's International Programs department:

  • Develops professional exchange programs between U.S. legislators, legislative staff, and their international legislative counterpart.
  • Identifies NCSL's unique resources and formulates assistance to foreign legislatures through technical assistance projects, study tours, needs assessments, workshops, internships and/or seminars.
  • Hosts official international delegations and familiarizes them with NCSL and state legislatures.
  • Determines the extent of current international activities in state legislatures and provides assistance to those attempting to establish international programs.
  • Encourages informational networking with other organizations that have similar interests.
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